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Tuesday, 16 January 2007
The University of Adelaide's Medical School made its first round of offers today, with 47 South Australians guaranteed a place in the high-demand course, which experienced a 16% increase in applications this year.
Professor Justin Beilby, Executive Dean of the School of Medicine, said he anticipated that by the end of the third round of offers in late February, South Australian student numbers would increase.
"Thanks to the additional 40 medical places allocated to the University for 2007 by the Federal Government, as well as the five extra rural bonded places funded by the State Government and the 10 places offered through our Tertiary Transfer Scheme, we will go a long way towards providing for the State's future medical workforce needs."
The University will offer a total of 144 Medical School places to Australian students this year, including 11 Medical Rural Bonded Scholarships supported by the State and Commonwealth Governments to address the critical shortage of doctors in country areas.
The University's amended selection process for Medicine now gives equal weighting (40%) to the Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER) and the Oral Assessment, with the University Medical Admission Test (UMAT) accounting for the remaining 20%.
"This revised weighting gives the State's highest achieving students the best possible chance of getting a place in Medicine at the University of Adelaide," Professor Beilby said.
Of those South Australians who received offers today, 10 had perfect scores.
A total of 2140 school leavers from across Australia have applied to study Medicine at the University of Adelaide, one of the most respected schools in the country.
Almost 14,000 students sat the UMAT nationally and internationally in 2006, including 1006 from South Australia - a 12% increase on the previous year.
More offers will be made in the next few weeks.